An Introduction to the Coral Reef Habitat

Students create concept maps to determine the basic needs of organisms for survival. Through a PowerPoint presentation, students are introduced to coral reef habitats, reef zones and types of coral common in Hawai‘i. After the presentation, the class will discuss coral reef characteristics, and what it would be like to live in a coral reef. The lesson wraps up by having the students write a descriptive poem about common coral species found on the reef.

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adaptations, atolls, back reef, barrier reef, benthic, coral, colonies, finger coral, fore reef, fringing reef, habitat, lagoon, lobe coral, reef crest, reef slope, rice coral, sea grass, survival